NEW DELHI: In the wake of ongoing tension between Pakistan and India, former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu asked his nation to beware of the leaders who banged the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into patriotic fervor, for patriotism was indeed a double-edged sword.
The former cricketer and a political leader said that It both emboldened the blood, just as it narrowed the mind.
Without taking the name of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sindhu said that he deliberately fueled tension and war-mongering to take electoral benefit in the upcoming elections in India.
He said that, “When the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry, [who] infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so.”
Earlier, Indian media, on February 28, had lashed out at Congress leader and former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu for talking peace.
Talking to media over the ongoing escalation between India and Pakistan, Sidhu had said the issue of terrorism would be resolved through peace only.
“We need to resolve problems through talks,” he had said.
The peace-loving Indian leader, who had arrived in Pakistan to attend Kartarpur Border Corridor ceremony in November last year, said issues were not resolved through creating hatred and intimidation.